Machu Picchu Trek - Following the Inca Trail
If you’re looking for an adventure holiday with a difference, why not follow the Machu Picchu trek towards the ancient Inca site in the Cusco Region of Peru? You will find the Lost City nestled between two peaks in the Andes, but before you reach your destination there are more treasures to see along the famous Inca Trail.
The Inca Trail
The Machu Picchu trek is a 4-day hike through the Andes. Along the way, it offers an opportunity to explore Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, and the ruins of the Sacred Valley. You will be able to glimpse Peruvian life as it was lived centuries ago in the remote Lares Valley, where farmers herd Alpacas and Llamas. The snowy peaks and glaciers of Pumahaunca, Chicon and Mounts Veronica come into view along the trail. Some of Peru’s best hot springs provide a contrast to the snow cover peaks and lead to the Lost City of Machu Picchu.
The Lost City
Polished dry-stone walls dominate the Lost City. Inca ruins line the route through the Sacred Valley. The three primary structures are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows, all of which are located in the Sacred District of Machu Picchu.
New wonder of the world
The site was not known to the Spanish invaders during their conquest of the area so it has been left relatively intact. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 it was listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The history of the Machu Picchu trek is undeniably its greatest draw. The Lost City was built in the 15th century and abandoned when the Spanish invaded Peru, so today's visitors get to experience ancient civilisation as they walk around the dry-stone walls that remain remarkably intact 600 years after they were built.